Concert Reviews  

 

FORUM, MERZHAUSEN, FREIBURG, GERMANY
2015 Badische Zeitung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'On Black and White Keys' / 'Auf schwarzen und weißen Tasten', Bremen, Germany 2015
Weser Kurier


CHOPIN SOCIETY, GERMANY 2014
Darmstaedter Echo

 

 

 

 

 

 

ziennik festiwalowy - Festiwal Muzyki Polskiej   (Krakow)

with Szymanowski Quartet




(just a small selection - for recording reviews please see Discography page)
 

"Poet am Klavier: Jonathan Plowright in Merzhausen
Spätestens beim zweiten Choralvorspiel BWV 639 in der Bearbeitung von Busoni wurde dem Zuhörer klar: Hier spielt ein außergewöhnlicher Pianist! Ganz fein, behutsam, völlig uneitel musizierte der britische Pianist Jonathan Plowright im Forum Merzhausen und verzauberte sein Publikum. Seine zahlreichen CD- Einspielungen vor allem polnischer Romantiker wurden mehrfach preisgekrönt, dennoch ist er hierzulande – zu Unrecht – kaum bekannt. Die sechs Klavierstücke op. 118 von Brahms interpretierte er in ihrer Diversität mit größtem Feingefühl und berückenden Rubati. "Les Funérailles" von Franz Liszt, technisch brillant gespielt, erzeugten eine düstere Atmosphäre, die frösteln machte. Plowright verwandelt sich vollständig mit jedem Werk, das er spielt, er schlüpft hinein in seine musikalischen Strukturen und Klangräume. Bei Schumanns "Carnaval" ließ er die verschiedenen Charaktere bildhaft entstehen, hauchte ihnen durch sein hochmusikalisches Spiel Leben ein. Ein beglückender Klavierabend, frenetischer Applaus."

Read original review here, and (approximate!) English translation here

 

"Viel Applaus für Jonathan Plowright" "Much applause for Jonathan Plowright"




"Und Plowright traf mit einer weiten Palette des Piano-Spiels zwischen verhauchen dem Pianissimo und sensibel angedeutetem Mezzoforte genau diese expressive Ebene sehr schön und farbenreich. Besonders das Intermezzo A-Dur (op. 118 Nr. 2) erfreute durch seine anheimelnde Lyrik."

"Langer und herzlicher Beifall für einen großartigen Künstler"

"There was a long and hearty applause for this magnificent artist"

Read the full original review here, English translation here

 

 


"Artysci oddali sie bez reszty interpretowanym utworom. Ta radosna pasja, wzajemne partnerstwo na scenie, entuzjazm udzielił sie publicznosci, która została porwana przez rozbrzmiewajaca muzyke."

"The artists gave themselves unrestrainedly to the works they performed. Their joyful passion, mutual on-stage partnership and enthusiasm communicated themselves to their audience, which was captivated by the rousing music."

Read the full review here

 

RHEIN-ZEITUNG   (Mainz)

"Plowright aber ist ein Pianist, dem hochste internationale Anerkennung gebuhrt."

"Plowright, however, is a pianist who deserves the highest praise and international recognition."

"Auch Beethovens Sonate op.109.....zeugt von der ernsten aber unverkrampften Noblesse Plowrights.  Der britische Pianist spielt in der hochsten Liga.  Und doch wird sein Name nur in Fachkreisen als Geheimtipp gehandelt."

"Beethoven’s sonata op. 109 .....gives another testimony of the grave but unconstrained nobility of Plowright’s art. This British pianist plays in the uppermost league. And yet, only insiders and connoisseurs know his name and treat it like a trade secret."

Read the full review here

 

WESERKURIER (Bremen)

"Im restlos ausverkauften Sende-saal Radio Bremens beschloß der britische Pianist Jonathan Plowright die diesjährige Serie „Auf schwarzen und weißen Tasten“. Er gefiel durch nahezu makellose Technik und einen beherzten, substanzreichen Zu- griff in kräftigen Farben und Kontrasten."

"The British pianist Jonathan Plowright gave the final recital of this year’s series “On black and white keys” in a completely sold-out Sendesaal. He impressed with his flawless technical abilities and with his energetic yet sensitive touch which produces a rich spectrum of colors and contrasts."

     

      SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEINISCHER
         ZEITUNGSVERLAG
 

          "Pianobrillanz in Vollendung! "Piano brilliance at it's best!" 

          Read the full review here

GLASGOW HERALD

"Whether he is playing a tightly woven adaptation of a Bach Cantata or a sedate and melancholy Paderewski Nocturne, Jonathon Plowright is an assured and impressive pianist. His performance, to a crowded Academy Concert Hall, was gripping, and from the opening bars of Walter Rummel's transcriptions of two of Bach's Cantata's (203 and 127), Plowright had the audience spellbound. This was in part owing to his exceedingly accomplished musical technique; his command of the instrument appears so significant, allowing him fully to exploit the almost idiosyncratic expressive potential of Rummel's scores."

 

IRISH TIMES

"Plowright is a player of formidable ease and accomplishment, fearless and consistent in his mastery of the knottiest challenges."

 

NEW YORK TIMES

"In works that called for an intimate approach, he was remarkable, building a performance of quiet intensity that seemed to go directly to the heart of the music" 

 

DAILY TELEGRAPH

"After only a few moments at his Purcell Room recital everyone will have been aware of his quite exceptional technical and poetical qualities." 

 

BUSINESS TIMES, SINGAPORE

"Plowright demonstrated a keen and passionate sensitivity, which kept the audience enthralled right to the very end"

 

FINANCIAL TIMES

"One immediately heard and saluted a genuine artistic 'voice', individual in stamp, totally confident in utterance and possessed of real musical breadth."  

 

BBC RADIO

"there just has to be a touch of the supernatural around Plowright's fingers - how else does he hold us spellbound"  

 

MUSIC & MUSICIANS

"To describe Jonathan Plowright's debut recital at the Purcell Room as sensational is tempting but misleading; playing of such calibre, such compelling musical vigour, delicacy and authority suggests something above and beyond mere thrills."  

THE TIMES

"Plowright is an exceptional artist with a fine career ahead of him" 

 

 

THE SCOTSMAN

“Technically, his accomplishment is remarkable, and musically he communicates an absolute wholeness” 

 

MUZYKA 21

"In Plowright’s playing, the listener can find everything: beauty, warmth of sound, extraordinary musicality, sensitivity to the tiniest details, great technical capabilities, and a flexibility of thought that allows him to choose various tone colours."  

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